Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 February 2015

Pitt's painful baseball memories

Brad Pitt, pictured with co-star Jonah Hill, likes playing baseball with his kids
Brad Pitt, pictured with co-star Jonah Hill, likes playing baseball with his kids

Brad Pitt may be hailed for his good looks but he's revealed a sports accident at school nearly put paid to a career in Hollywood.

Talking in Cancun, Mexico, where he's promoting his new baseball movie Moneyball, the actor said: "I knew very little about baseball apart from taking one in the face in junior high."

The accident resulted in 18 stitches and a scar underneath his left eye. These days the star prefers to keep off the pitch but added: "I like to play ball with my boys."

In Moneyball, Brad plays baseball manager Billy Beane. It's based on the true story of the Oakland A's general manager's attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

The 47-year-old, sporting a new blonde look, said the shoot was one of his toughest yet and eased the pressure by taking part in high jinx with his co-star Jonah Hill.

"It took so much mental power, it's important to remember to enjoy your life," he said.

:: Daniel Craig, George Clooney and Justin Timberlake are just a few of the actors expected to attend the annual week-long Summer of Sony event, which showcases the studio's upcoming movies.

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